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Trump hands communications reins to Hope Hicks, a longtime confidante

Trump hands communications reins to Hope Hicks, a longtime confidante

Three people tackled the assignment with limited success, but the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message now falls to longtime Trump aide Hope Hicks.

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Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?

Some voters who supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election are asking what he has done so far to "make America great again."

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How arsenic is poisoning Bangladesh

How arsenic is poisoning Bangladesh

Despite simple solutions, a fourth of Bangladesh's population is still exposed to drinking water contaminated with the deadly element.

Now in his 60s, former shopkeeper Shahaz Uddin has been looking forward to becoming another white-bearded grandfather enjoying retirement. But there's a signal that may be complicated-a warning sign in the spots freckled across his chest. The speckles of pigmentation start out black and then turn white, says Tariqul Islam, as he leans forward and examines Uddin. Like "raindrops on the sand," he says, following the spatter across his patient's skin. These are the telltale signs of arsenic poisoning.

Source: How arsenic is poisoning Bangladesh
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Shades of Charlottesville: Anti-fascist & far-right groups plan simultaneous Barcelona protests

Shades of Charlottesville: Anti-fascist & far-right groups plan simultaneous Barcelona protests

Just one day after an attack claimed at least 14 lives on Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard, opposing political factions look set to face-off near the scene of the terrorist atrocity.



Comment: Van Mows Down People on Barcelona's Ramblas: 13 confirmed dead, dozens injured - UPDATES



Members of the Spanish far-right group La Falange, are planning to assemble close to the La Boquería marketplace in the city center, just 500 meters from where a van was deliberately driven into scores of pedestrians.

La Falange has blamed the "policies of multiculturalism" and immigration for Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona city center. Boasting a followership of more than 11,000 on Facebook, the group regularly shares anti-Islamic sentiment online.

Tributes have also been paid by the group online to Onésimo Redondo, a 1930s Falangist politician and anti-semitic author.

Source: Shades of Charlottesville: Anti-fascist & far-right groups plan simultaneous Barcelona protests
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Abby Martin: Plain truth about the Zionist regime in Palestine

Abby Martin: Plain truth about the Zionist regime in Palestine

Note by the Saker: interesting interview with Abby Martin, I highly recommend it. Please try to set aside the typical Leftist clichés and language and just listen about what she experienced while visiting Palestine for the first time.

I wanted to share this video with you because Abby's experience exactly mirrors mine. Except that I was even more clueless than her when I set foot in Israel for the first time. Being the loyal little Cold Warrior and Right-winger that I was, I sincerely believed that Israel was a land of heroic refugees surrounded by Arab terrorists (yeah, I was that dumb. I was also 19 years old...). It took me exactly one week to change my views by a full 180 degrees.

I saw everything Abby describes, or things very similar, with my own eyes. That was true in 1982 and it remains true in 2017. Imagine putting up with THIRTY FIVE YEARS of that kind of oppression! And now try to imagine living through SEVENTY YEARS of this and you will get a sense, of what it is to be a Palestinian. In truth, none of us, not even Abby or myself, can imagine any of that since we are not Palestinians and we never lived this nightmare, we only visited this place.

Abby says that which others never do. Please set aside her silly aspects and take in the reality she describes. It is all true, 100% true.

The Saker

Source: Abby Martin: Plain truth about the Zionist regime in Palestine
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The many uses of Diatomaceous Earth

The many uses of Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a naturally occurring rock made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. When ground into a fine powder, diatomaceous earth works mechanically to destroy a wide range of pests, insects, parasites and pathogens by cutting through the exoskeleton, absorbing bodily fluids and causing them to die. Food grade diatomaceous earth is chemical-free and non toxic.

Diatomaceous earth has many uses including detoxification of the body - inside and out; protecting pets and livestock from parasites and insect infestation; and keep your yard and garden pest-free.

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'Steve is now unchained': Bannon reportedly thinks the Trump administration is a 'sinking ship' and he now plans to 'go ...

'Steve is now unchained': Bannon reportedly thinks the Trump administration is a 'sinking ship' and he now plans to 'go nuclear'

Chief strategist Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House on Friday, and appears likely to go back to Breitbart News.

Source: 'Steve is now unchained': Bannon reportedly thinks the Trump administration is a 'sinking ship' and he now plans to 'go nuclear'
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Members of Trump's arts commission spell R-E-S-I-S-T in memo announcing mass resignations

Members of Trump's arts commission spell R-E-S-I-S-T in memo announcing mass resignations

To drive home the point, the members spelled out the word "resist" with the first letter of six paragraphs that make up the letter.

Source: Members of Trump's arts commission spell R-E-S-I-S-T in memo announcing mass resignations
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Bristol, UK: 5th body found in city's waterways; police deny that a serial killer is on the loose

Bristol, UK: 5th body found in city's waterways; police deny that a serial killer is on the loose

A fifth body has been found in and around Bristol's waterways in just five months, sparking more community safety fears following claims a serial killer was on the loose.

Police today confirmed they had found a body during the search for missing local woman Lily Fenton, although formal identification had not yet taken place.

Avon and Somerset police had been seen combing the waterfront around Bristol harbour since the early hours of Saturday morning in search of the 26-year-old.

Lily was last seen in central Bristol on Friday night, June 2.

The devastating find follows fears of a "serial killer" - dubbed the "Bristol pusher" prowling the area.

Last month, we reported how four bodies had been found in the city's waterways in only four months.

Source: Bristol, UK: 5th body found in city's waterways; police deny that a serial killer is on the loose
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Trump's attacks could leave him without friends if impeachment comes

Trump's attacks could leave him without friends if impeachment comes

President Donald Trump has stepped up his attacks on Republican senators, an approach he may regret if he is someday impeached and the Senate has to weigh charges against him stemming from an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.

More than half of the 11 Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which would be central to any proceeding to remove Trump from office, have tangled with the Republican president, including on Thursday when he fired off early-morning tweets.

In one Twitter series, Trump called Senator Lindsey Graham "publicity seeking" and said he "just can't forget his election trouncing" in the 2016 presidential race. Trump also assailed Senator Jeff Flake, another Republican critic, as "a non-factor in the Senate," adding, "He's toxic."

Flake and Graham are members of the Judiciary Committee, whose Chairman Chuck Grassley has urged Trump to tone it down.

"He should be 100 percent sticking to ideas and forget about personalities," Grassley said on Friday when pressed on whether Trump might find himself without the friends in Congress he would need to defend himself in an impeachment proceeding.

Source: Trump's attacks could leave him without friends if impeachment comes
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The importance of finding common ground and empathy in a hardening world

The importance of finding common ground and empathy in a hardening world

The world is hardening as people grip ever tighter to their opinions and beliefs, entrenching themselves ever more deeply into their biases and echo chambers. Battle lines are being drawn and the rhetoric is heating up. Talk of civil war is being tossed around, as though there is no possible way to unite and find common ground.

But we are humans. We have consciousness, we have the capacity for empathy and also the intelligence to avoid senseless self-destruction. But, what makes it possible for us to find common ground, or to at least to tolerate each other?

The answer: Connection.

Source: The importance of finding common ground and empathy in a hardening world
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America's second Civil War

America's second Civil War

"They had found a leader, Robert E. Lee - and what a leader! ... No military leader since Napoleon has aroused such enthusiastic devotion among troops as did Lee when he reviewed them on his horse Traveller."

So wrote Samuel Eliot Morison in his magisterial The Oxford History of the American People in 1965.

First in his class at West Point, hero of the Mexican War, Lee was the man to whom President Lincoln turned to lead his army. But when Virginia seceded, Lee would not lift up his sword against his own people and chose to defend his home state rather than wage war upon her.

This veneration of Lee, wrote Richard Weaver, "appears in the saying attributed to a Confederate soldier, 'The rest of us may have ... descended from monkeys, but it took a God to make Marse Robert.'"

Growing up after World War II, this was accepted history.

Source: America's second Civil War
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